Goffi Named Men's Head Coach at South Carolina; Kalbas and Smith Take Coach of Year Honors; Tryouts for McEnroe's Academy
Josh Goffi, the assistant coach of men's tennis at Duke University, has been hired to lead the University of South Carolina men's program. Goffi takes over for Kent DeMars, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 26 years in Columbia. DeMars was inducted into the ITA Collegiate Hall of Fame last month in Athens, Ga. With Goffi taking the South Carolina job and Tony Bresky of Virginia taking the Cornell job, there are now two high-profile assistant positions vacant in the ACC. For more on Goffi, see the South Carolina athletic site.
The ITA Coach of the Year awards were not announced at the ITA luncheon prior to the team finals, but they have now been released. Peter Smith of USC received the men's award, and Brian Kalbas of North Carolina was named the women's coach of the year. For all the ITA award winners, see the ITA website. I was disappointed to learn that the John Van Nostrand Memorial Award was discontinued by the family. In the past, it provided a small stipend to a senior men's tennis player for use in embarking on a professional career. Ryler DeHeart of Illinois, Stephen Bass of Notre Dame and Greg Ouellette of Florida were a few of the recent winners.
In a previous post last month, I mentioned the debut of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York, and recently Long Island Tennis Magazine provided more details on McEnroe's venture along with word that there are two full scholarships available:
...the Academy will hold open tryouts this July for young persons interested in attending the McEnroe Academy starting in September. One boy and one girl between the ages of eight- and 16-years-old will be selected by McEnroe to receive a full scholarship for a year of training at the McEnroe Academy. The tryouts will be held on July 14 for boys and on July 19 for girls, beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day, at Sportime at Randall’s Island, located at One Randall’s Island in Manhattan.Late last month Scott Price of Sports Illustrated weighed in on the two McEnroe brothers' divergent player development ventures, and he has his doubts about John's suitability for the role.